Is Apple Building a Driverless Car?

No that blacked out car doesn’t belong to the FBI, it belongs to Apple. Well, according to CBS it’s at least leased to Apple, but what it was doing is something we don’t yet know.

A local San Francisco Bay Area blog called Claycord first discovered the vehicle, that has an array of cameras, something similar to a Google Street View car, leading to the logical suggestion that Apple is planning to add Street View-style imagery to its mapping service. However, if you compare that car with a Street View car, you can easily see that Apple’s car has quite a bit more equipment attached to the roof.

So perhaps it’s driverless? While technology analysts and driverless car experts have suggested that it may well be, you don’t really need to be an expert to see the similarities between this other driverless cars. Heck, there’s even a video of a driverless car in New York from last year that was the exact same model, with pretty similar equipment attached to it.

Apple of course, declined to comment, but this piece of news is no doubt terribly exciting, leading many to wonder just what Apple might have up its sleeve.

Source and Image: Claycord Via: MacRumors 

Amazon’s Mysterious Big Box is Out Again

Remember early this year when people started seeing massive Amazon packages in parts of the US (like the one above)?

Well now they’re back, except not for promotional purposes this time. According to Re/code they’re part of a new programme the company will be unveiling next week.

“We’re excited to be making 15 special deliveries next week as part of the holiday season,”

While the previous boxes contained Nissan cars, these boxes appear to be a bit smaller, albeit still requiring a truck, so it’s intriguing as to what this could be for.

As Amazon says, there are 15 dotted around the US, so if any of you see one, send us a link to your picture in the comments.

Source: Re/code

‘Serial’ Becomes a World-Class Podcast

The popular podcast was born ‘Serial‘ as a user report of a lengthy criminal investigation. In 1999, a school girl was murdered with her ex-boyfriend being sent to jail for the crime. Dedicated to the cause, Serial is still analyzing this case on a week-by-week basis and has become of one of the most downloaded podcasts available online.

Based around the accused, Adnan Syed, Serial explains of his life sentence which is currently being serves in Maryland correctional facility for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Haw Min Lee. After a lengthy search for her body, it was established that her murder was conducted on the 13th of January, 1999. The Serial podcast was kicked off by Sarah Koeing, a journalist who was asked by a family friend to look at the case at hand – later becoming her obsession and turning into a weekly podcast for her to share her thoughts, discoveries and theories.

15 years since her tragic death, we’re now eight episodes into the series -which became the fastest podcast to hit 5 million downloads and streams on iTunes in history. Serial is now ranked one of the top offerings among iTunes’ 285,000 podcasts and 9.2 million episodes currently available for the consumer.

Podcasts are an ‘old technology’ that seemingly still has it place in our society – much alike radio. Whether you’re sitting on the train or driving to work, there’s no easy way you can sit down and watch a TV – so why not load up an interesting cast? we’ve heard that Serial will provide you with much better entertainment that your general murder-mystery fictional series, providing the listener with a connection to the people, places and things that occur within.

Image courtesy of Gizmodo

Google Sell Mystery Barge in Portland, Maine

Just what the hell are Google doing with those two giant barges that they built? A question that has long been on the mind of the worlds press, especially given that the projects are freaking huge and any fine details are shrouded in complete mystery. What’s incredible is that despite their massive size, no one has worked out what they do, with the best estimates previously being that they would be some kind of floating show-room for Google products, or a kind of at-sea server / data farm.

Now the mystery continues as Google have offloaded one of their barges in Portland, Maine, while the other resides in Stockton, Cali. Made of four story high buildings constructed of cargo containers, the Portland barge was dismantled and prepared for an ocean voyage after an undisclosed international shipping company purchased it.

Google have once stated that the barges were being turned into “an interactive space where people can learn about new technology”, but given their long determination to even admit they owned them, and having little or no information since, that remains to be seen.

Have Google abandoned the projects or is this just a further development in the magical mystery barges? Only time will tell.

Thank you LA Times for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of LA Times.